Daniel Faust: Florida Photos from the 1980s

Daniel Faust

Faust, Roller Skating Cockatoo, Parrot Jungle, Miami FL 1986, 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist, and Norma Mangione Gallery, Torino, Italy



Like the artists featured Imagining Florida, New York City-based photographer Daniel Faust is an explorer who has found inspiration in the Sunshine State. In the 1980s he made several trips to Florida where he took thousands of photographs of museums and tourist attractions around the state.  Faust’s solo exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art consists of an installation composed of twelve mural size sheets of archival photographic paper that contain 658 images. The exhibition also includes a series of images taken in 1938 by his grandmother, Edith Faust, as well as a series of Instamatic snapshots he took in Florida when he was nine years old.

In 1983, Faust photographed extensively at the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) and Disney world, often shooting with a flash while riding on the amusements found there. The future as envisioned by Bell Telephone, General Electric, and General Motors are pictured, as well as scenes from the Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA, The Haunted Mansion, and Fantasy Land. Faust also photographed 1950s-1970s radio, television, and film personalities at the nearby Stars Hall of Fame Wax Museum.

In 1986, Faust returned to Florida to photograph at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and Monkey and Parrot Jungle in Fort Lauderdale; the Edison Winter Home and Museum in Fort Myers; the American Police Museum Hall of Fame in North Port; Potter’s Wax Museum in St. Augustine; the Kennedy Space Center; and Navy Seal Museum in Fort Piece. In 1989, he traveled to Tallahassee to photograph the Cracker Homestead and to Weeki Wachee Springs for the Mermaid Theater.  In Homestead he shot Coral Castle, and in Key West the Hemingway House and Museum, Shipwreck, and Hurricane Museum.

These 658 Florida photographs are just a few of the 25,000 slide and film images that Faust has taken in a variety of museums and excursions across the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa, the Middle East, Brazil, India, and New Zealand. His work is in the collections of many international museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.